Justin Fields is already winning! It might not show up on his stat sheet, but at this point the Chicago Bears should be getting all the accolades they can get. Fields – who is vegan – received the Libby “Favorite Animal-Friendly Athlete” award from PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Fields went vegan while playing for the ohio state University in May 2020, and he feels it’s working for him.
“I feel good, my body feels good and I feel faster and stronger,” Fields said in response to his change.
That confidence is a good thing, as this season has had its ups and downs for the first-round pick. This award means Fields beat Carolina Panthers‘ Robby Anderson and professional athletes from all kinds of many sports.
Of course, Fields’ forward-thinking has already made headlines. In August he noted wanting to open a vegan pizzeria: “You rarely see famous pizzerias in Chicago that offer vegan cheese… We would definitely create more knowledge for other people who think vegan products are nasty. So if I was able to do that, we could spread the word, and people would try it, and more people would think about going vegan or plant-based.
Fields already has a lot of fans in Chicago, so this award may not move the needle of his popularity too much. However, it’s a cause he believes in, and it’s nice to see him getting some credit for his convictions.
Now if only he could get some decent play calls.